Coffee Monday: French Coffee and Café Noir ~1886

So I learned something new: Boiling the coffee will extract tannins and make it bitter. Hence, the Café Noir uses boiled water and requires extra boiling, but the French coffee explicitly indicates not boiling. Discover More Prefatory Matter on Coffee Gloria Coffee (involves liqueur and fire) Coffee - With Fish Skin Source: Miss Corson's Practical…

To Make A Hedge Hog ~1866

This recipe is very involved - talk about creative! And absolutely adorable... More Fun Discoveries: Beef Stewed (ragoo) ~1866 Why all the masquerade I ask? We live but once-Why not live well? ~1900 Source: Mrs. Corwen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866.

Jelly Fritters ~1866

Ingredients: 2 Eggs 1 Pint Milk 1 Pint Wheat Flour - or more 1 Tablespoonful Lard 1 Saltspoonful of Salt 1 Doyle (Doily) Dessertspoonful of Firm Jelly or Jam Question: When was the last time you used the word doily? More Delightful Discoveries Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 Maccaroni, with Cheese ~1881 A Slow…

Eggs and Bacon Another Way ~1808

This recipe is essentially deviled eggs served on bacon and smothered in gravy. My arteries just hardened a bit. If you were working hard all day on the farm in sub-zero weather, though, I could see where this would fill in all the nooks and crannies! I would probably pair this with black coffee or…

Beef Stewed (ragoo) ~1866

This beef stew recipe will be familiar to 21st century readers and would be a wonderful Sunday evening affair. I'm not sure what's going on with the parsley. What does dipping it in boiling water before chopping it up accomplish? More Fun Discoveries Oranges With Jelly ~1886 Cannelons With Cream ~1886 We live but once-Why…

Currie Powder ~1866

  I always think of curry as a relatively modern cooking flavor in American cuisine. Probably because curry was an uncommon seasoning in my rural American childhood home. That said, curry recipes are found in practically every circa 1800s American cookbook I've come across, which, if you think about it, is only logical. The British…

To Dry Artichoke Bottoms 1808

Artichokes are timeless. Their savory flavor always a delicacy on their own, in sauces, or dips. The problem is, however, that their season is so short. Living in Coastal California, you can stop at the roadside stands and pick up bags of little artichokes for a screaming deal - 10/$1, and even the medium sized…

How to Buy Meat ~1866

Advice for the savvy shopper: Buy of some one particular butcher, and let him choose for you...You will find a uniformity of prices for the same cuts of the best stock, go where you will in the same city. What I enjoy about this excerpt is that it highlights the honest nature of the hardworking…

Spinning Sugar ~1886

So I'm not sure if this holds with the practical of Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery, but... Check out this wonderful Victorian image of spinning sugar - slightly intimidating for the home cook. In fact, probably don't try this at home. Also, note the handlebar on this gentleman! Very, very dapper indeed! More Fun Discoveries…